CH alumni and mechanical engineering students, Jeanne-Mari Pike (CH5015, 2010-2011) and Daniel Smith (CH5022, 2010-2011) were members of the winning UC team in the FSAE-A international university racing car competition held at Melbourne's Victoria University in December last year.

UC's team won the Inspiring Engineering Award for their designed and built racing car that clocked 0-100 km/hour in under four seconds. Of the 23 teams, UC's car was one of only nine cars to finish both endurance races; and one of only two cars from the 23 selected to be driven by a professional driver in a test session.

Daniel explained, "Many teams typically spend two years building their first car, so it was a mammoth undertaking to attempt to finish it within one year. We all developed hugely as engineers throughout the project and we're very proud of the end result!"

Jeanne-Mari was equally thrilled, "Being on the team designing and building our own racing car has been amazing. It was a great learning experience and a lot of fun. To have been part of the team to win the Inspiring Engineering Award really made all our hard work worthwhile."

UC team spokesman Bruce Robertson said, "Our driver was a current V8 supercar driver and ex-Aussie A1GP driver. He gave us some excellent feedback and it was a great honour for us.

"At the prize giving, there were two major pieces of silverware, one for overall winner and one Inspired Engineering Award. We won the latter, which was sponsored by CAMS and includes free CAMS motorsport licenses for all of our team in 2014.

"Overall, this was an incredible result for the University of Canterbury and a great credit to our whole department. One event commentator told us our UC car was absolutely beautiful. UC has a great reputation for our focus on engineering design so everyone was expecting us to bring a good car. But nobody expected anything close to what we produced.

"A design judge that has worked at Boeing Aerospace and Aston Martin Racing told our team that of all the cars in the competition, he favoured our car the most."

Well done Daniel and Jeanne-Mari, and our congratulations to the entire UC team.

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